Auburn Fall | Lot 3178
1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo GTA
$24,000 - $30,000 USD | Not Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
29 August 2014
This Trans Am is reported to be in showroom-like condition from diligence with routine proper care and maintenance. One of only 1,500 built, this 20th anniversary Trans Am also was built to commemorate a similar Firebird being utilized as the Pace Car for the 1989 Indianapolis 500. The Firebird is accented by discreet “Turbo” badges and Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Wing and Wheel” badges low on the bodywork behind the front wheels.
The car differed little externally from the standard top level GTA; however, its many internal differences pack a powerful punch; a turbocharged, intercooled and fuel-injected 3.8-liter V-6 engine from the Buick GNX and backed by a four-speed automatic transmission. Additional mechanical features consist of independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar, live rear axle with trailing links with torque arm and Panhard rod, plus four-wheel disc brakes. Convenience equipment includes air conditioning, tilt wheel, cruise control; power windows, door locks, steering and brakes. The Trans Am also has glass T-tops and factory lace-style gold wheels.
With its sophisticated third generation Firebird platform, WS6 suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the 20th Anniversary Edition Trans Am also offers outstanding handling and braking to match its straight-line capabilities. This car is an extremely well-preserved version of, what was at the time, the fastest Firebird yet factory produced, and also regarded as the fastest American production car in 1989.